News Story

 

Narcotics Arrests / Butane Honey Oil Lab Seizure
6/24/2017 6:00:00 PM

 

Nature of Incident:

Narcotics Arrests / Butane Honey Oil (BHO) Lab Seizure

Report Number:

17-91905

Location:

5500 Block of Heatherton Drive, Somis

Date & Time:

06/23/2017 @ 1630 Hrs.

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ventura County Sheriff's West County Street Narcotics Unit

Ventura County Combined Agency Team (VCAT)

Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Task Force (LA IMPACT)

 

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

 

Keyan Shokraei

Kooshawn Shokraei

Brian Sommers

Somis

Somis

Camarillo

 

Narrative:

On 06/23/2017, Detectives from the Ventura County Sheriff's West County Street Narcotics Team went to a residence in the 5500 Block of Heatherton Drive, Somis to serve a felony arrest warrant for Kooshawn Shokraei who was living at the residence. Upon entering the home, detectives quickly recognized most of the residence had been converted into a very elaborate Butane Honey Oil Lab. The lab was active and in various stages of processing. Detectives arrested Kooshawn for the warrant and detained Keyan Shokraei and Brian Sommers who were also in the residence and working in the BHO Lab. Detectives secured the location and obtained a search warrant to further investigate the BHO Lab.

 

At about 4:30 PM, The West County Street Team assisted by VCAT and LA IM PACT, entered the residence and began investigating and processing the lab. Because of the elaborate process used in the manufacture, the amount of chemicals and equipment found in the home, and the need to dispose of contaminated chemicals, materials, and equipment, investigators worked through the night and into the next morning to process the lab and render the home safe.

 

Investigators seized approximately 209 pounds of marijuana, 26 pounds of concentrated cannabis, evidence of concentrated cannabis sales, and a sum of U.S. Currency believed to be proceeds of concentrated cannabis sales.

 

Keyan Shokraei and Brian Sommers were booked at the Ventura County Main Jail on charges of conspiracy and manufacturing concentrated cannabis. Both were in the process of posting bail of $50,000 at the time of this press release and are awaiting arraignment on their current charges. Kooshawn Shokraei also posted bail and is pending a court date in Los Angeles County for a felony theft charge.

 

A Butane Honey Oil Lab is a process used to extract high levels of THC from marijuana and convert it into concentrated cannabis using highly combustible solvents such as butane, propane and ethanol in a pressurized system. This poses a high risk of explosion if solvent fumes come in contact with an ignition source. The above mentioned solvents were present at the residence in large quantities. Because of the potential risk dangers to the community, the Ventura County Fire Department along with the Ventura County Environmental Health Agency responded to the scene.

 

The West County Street Narcotics Team is comprised of narcotic detectives from the Ventura County Sheriff's Office and the Oxnard Police Department.

 

 

Prepared by:

Sergeant Guy Moody

 

News Release Date:

06/24/2017

 

Media Follow-Up Contact:

Detective Ernan Jauregui Ernan.jauregui@ventura.org  805-384-4771

 

 

Approved by:

Captain Robert Thomas